President Trump has mastered the art of driving the day's news cycle by generating controversy, and the platform of choice for his provocative statements is Twitter. Trump aides have scrambled to answer for many of his more controversial tweets since he has taken office, but nevertheless, he persists. His love for Twitter seems to know no bounds. So it comes as almost no surprise that Twitter may be the only app on Trump's phone, according to an Axios report.
Top White House officials are reportedly trying to tame the president by limiting his screen time, which includes both access to television and his phone. According to Axios, aides are trying to load Trump's schedule with so many events, meetings, and activities that he simply has no time to troll Rosie O'Donnell or question the credentials of federal judges on Twitter.
In the past, Trump aides have tried similar methods for curbing Trump's insatiable appetite for crafting 140-character statements filled with capital letters and exclamation marks. In the days leading up to the 2016 election, they reportedly revoked Trump's access to Twitter, reportedly the only app on his phone that is not pre-loaded.
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Oh, to be in the Twitter drafts on Donald Trump's phone at 4 o'clock in the morning.— Alicia Lutes (@alicialutes) May 16, 2017
Let's think about that for a second. Trump reportedly finds Twitter so essential to his everyday life that it is the only app he chooses to take with him wherever he goes.
This actually explains a lot. I mean, when you think about it, what if you had no other form of entertainment on your phone? No timelines to scroll though? No Wikipedia to research random facts? No Spotify to jam out to your favorite tunes? Perhaps I, too, would fill the void with tweeting if this were my plight. Or perhaps I would, I don't know, dedicate my time to running the country or something.
Apparently, that is exactly what Trump aides are hoping Trump will do if he has limited access to his phone and its most valuable accessory, Twitter. If Trump's current foreign trip is any indication, this strategy may actually work. Trump has had a packed schedule the past few days, visiting Saudi Arabian leaders and NATO allies in the president's first diplomatic trip abroad since being elected to office.
Since leaving the country and attending a series of diplomatic events, including allegedly shoving a foreign minister out of the way and touching a giant glowing orb, his Twitter account has been noticeably uneventful.
Maybe this is an indication that Trump aides have been successful and this is a sign of things to come: a future where we don't have to wake up to a shocking tweet from the president. Or maybe we just have to wait until Trump returns from abroad for another one of his famous tweetstorms.